The law of abstinence applies to those who are 14 years of age and older, and an individual is to abstain from meat on those days. The law of fast applies to those individuals of the age of 18 to 59, and it means that an individual is limited to one meatless meal. An individual may have two other meatless meals on that day, but taken together, they should not equal another meal. Good Friday is a day of fast and abstinence
Lenten Schedule of Activities
Lenten Area Daily Masses
Faith Formation News
On Sunday, March 30th, and Sunday, April 6th, Fr. Michael McManus conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation to 76 of our young people. The complete list of those who were confirmed is here, along with a downloadable copy of the program.
Our congratulations to these young men and women, to their parents, families and sponsors. We thank Lisa Donahue, Kristin Kreckler, and the table and peer leaders for a job well done!
Parish News & Events
Your response to our food requests has been overwhelmingly supportive. Your donations are much appreciated. Have a Blessed Easter! Our heartfelt thanks!
Each week, our parish necrology – a listing of the anniversaries of those parish members who have gone before us – is published. We ask that you keep these folks in your prayers, particularly on the anniversary of their death.
|April 8||Milton A. Medeiros||2000||April 13||Joseph Gaspar||1981||April 16||Ann M. Barnes||1998|
|Alfred V. Phillipe||2005||Mary Jane Doran||1995||Elizabeth A. Donaldson||2001|
|April 9||Alice Carlson||1992||Agnes Sorrentino||1998||Louise DeLeo||2007|
|Hedda Nelson||1992||Gertrude R. Olson||1998||Wayne M. Cheatham||2009|
|Andrew Galligan||2003||April 14||James Thomas Ferreira||2000||April 17||Bernard H. Murphy||1976|
|Beatrice Rocha||2004||Dennis J. Taylor||2002||Raymond Bellemore||1984|
|April 10||Andrew B. Andresco||1997||Maximillian J. Bella||2003||Rita J. O'Brien||1998|
|Marie O'Brien||2005||April 15||Henry P. Hodges||1989||Ruth A. McRae||1998|
|Abel Ventura||2008||Mary F. Anderson||2010||Gianna-Rae Coughlin||2006|
|April 11||Ellen Cloutier||1974||April 16||Edward J. Murby||1981||April 19||Cecelia M. Delaney||1997|
|April 12||John Filip||1970||George R. O'Brien||1996||Mildred Mannetta||1998|
|Anne M. Laughlin||2000||Lillian T. Gaouette||1999|
One of the ways that we can sacrifice during Lent is to participate in the Rice Bowl project. This allows us to identify with the hungry by cutting back on some of our meals and donating the money to Operation Rice Bowl. The proceeds are given to Catholic Relief Services to assist the hungry throughout the world. Why not participate and make this part of your Lenten discipline? Rice Bowls are available in the pews this weekend.
Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Servers:
Please sign up in the vesting room to assist at Holy Week and Easter Sunday Services.
Fall River Diocese
Save the Date!!!
St. Mary's Primary School invites you to join us for Teacher Night on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at the McDonald's on Route 44 in Raynham. All proceeds (including the drive-thru) will go to benefit our school. Save yourself the trouble of cooking dinner, support a great cause, and meet some wonderful people from our St. Mary's school community!
Fall River Diocese
News and Events
Enhance your observance of Lent by attending the Resurrection Music Drama on Saturday, April 12th at 7:30pm at the Holy Cross Parish, 226 Purchase Street, Easton. Performed by the Saint Patrick Family Players of St. Patrick Parish, Watertown, “Resurrection” is the inspirational story of Simon Peter and the forgiveness of Jesus Christ. A free-will offering will be taken for the continued ministry of the Family Players.
|St. Thomas Aquinas, Bridgewater||St. Jude the Apostle, Taunton|
Monday – Friday 7:00am & 9:00am,
Wednesday, Friday 9:00am
|Holy Cross, South Easton||Holy Family, East Taunton|
|Monday – Friday 9:00am||Monday – Saturday 8:00am|
St. Ann's Parish is on Facebook! Click the "Like" button below. Fr. John will be posting to the group on a regular basis, so come converse with him on Facebook!
Hope Hospice is looking for volunteers who want to make a lasting difference in the lives of patients and families. There are a wide range of volunteer opportunities available that match your specialized expertise, unique talents and interest in caring for others. Volunteer opportunities include providing emotional support and companionship, respite care to caregivers, pet therapy, Reiki, massage and administrative assistance. All Volunteers participate in a comprehensive training program. To learn more: contact PPadula-OBrien@HopeHealthCo.org, call (508) 957-0270, or visit HopeHealthCo.org. Hope Hospice is part of the HopeHealth family of services.
St. Ann's Respect Life Ministry has a great suggestion for parishioners to take a stand for life. All you need to do is change your license plate! The Massachusetts "Choose Life" license plate is a wonderful way to raise public awareness and much needed funding to support the positive choices of adoption and safe havens. To order "The Choose Life" plate, or for more information, visit www.chooselifemassachusetts.org. Click on the "Purchase a Choose Life Plate" link for the Massachusetts RMV webpage. It's easy and goes to a great cause - and you don't have to wait in line!
In order to serve as a Godparent or sponsor, you must be a confirmed Catholic, at least 16 years old, registered in a parish and practicing your faith by weekly participation at Mass. If you are married your marriage must be recognized as valid by the Church. If you have any questions about this, see either Fr.John or Deacon Joe.
The Cancer Care Community Advisory Board – the CABbies – is an all volunteer group with a commitment to help patients and survivors of the greater Taunton area from their cancer diagnosis through treatment and beyond. We assist with short term financial assistance and a variety of other needs.
Please join us on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm in the Morton Hospital Cafeteria Annex or call Mary Machado at 508-823-4608 or Ginny Starvish at 508-828-7920 for assistance or more information.
The Office for Child Protection would like to remind those in ministry with our children to maintain appropriate boundaries at all times. Meeting alone in isolated areas, e-mailing or calling too much, being involved in too many of the minor’s activities, showing favoritism or giving special gifts and communicating with our youth over social networking sites such as MySpace and Face Book, violates appropriate boundaries in our relationships with young people.
If you would like more information about what types of interactions are inappropriate, please call Debora Jones at 508-674-4681.
The Sunday Mass is now airing on ABC Family Channel from 6:30am to 7:00am each Sunday morning.
The Sunday Mass is produced by the Passionist Fathers and Brothers of New York City and is available on DirecTV (channel 311), DishTV (channel 180) and Comcast Cable (channel 26/HD 826). To early for you? Tivo it or watch it online at www.TheSundayMass.org.
Adoption by Choice, a program of Catholic Social Services, provides confidential supportive pregnancy counseling to individuals experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. An unplanned pregnancy can sometimes mean making difficult but very important decisions. Our licensed counselors are available to meet with individuals and their families whenever they might need someone to share concerns about an unplanned pregnancy and the future of the baby.
Please call 508-674-4681 if you or someone you know might want to explore the agency’s services, and ask to speak with a pregnancy counselor. The Catholic Social Service website also provides additional information on our services: www.cssdioc.org.
For nationwide Mass times and locations, you may call 1-410-676-6000 or visit www.Masstimes.org.
Examining the New English Translation of the Mass
Why a new translation? Which prayers are changing? How will it affect our celebration of the Mass?
A video presentation explaining the changes to the Mass, given by Rev. Msgr. Stephen J. Avila, director of the Office for Worship of the Fall River Diocese and the Pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Mansfield, is available for viewing on Youtube in a five-part series. Links to the video are here:
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5
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Please introduce yourselves to Fr. John or Deacon Joe so that we can better serve you.
We hope that you will become involved with our parish,
and we look forward to your presence and participation each week.
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We want to keep in touch with our parishioners
It is important to let us know when one becomes homebound or enters a nursing home or long-term care so that we can touch base and see if they would like to receive Holy Communion.
Please help keep us informed of these changes.